Dark Dreamer: Dan Curtis and Television Horror, 1966--2006
Middle Tennessee State University, 2007 - Horror television programs - 317 pages
One of the most significant television directors, in terms of innovation, quality, and influence, is the Emmy and Directors Guild of America Award-winning auteur, Dan Curtis (1927-2006). In the 1980s, Curtis was lauded for bringing to television Herman Wouk's epic World War II novels, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. However, well before those remarkable achievements, Curtis had made an indelible mark on television horror with his groundbreaking daytime television serial Dark Shadows (1966-1971) and numerous made-for-TV horror movies of the 1970s. Themselves influenced by classic Gothic-horror literature, Universal monster movies, and Hammer vampire films, the horror productions of Dan Curtis served as a bridge from classic horror to modern horror and introduced such media icons as Barnabas Collins and Carl Kolchak.
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